GMH makes stocking stuffers with good taste

      Breakfast in a Stocking:

      Holiday excitement can disrupt little ones' meal schedules. When the excitement of long-awaited gifts is more interesting than coming to the table for a meal, why not stuff breakfast into their stockings? Here are a few ideas for doing just that!

      · Horizon shelf-stable organic milk box

      · Erin Bakerâ??s breakfast cookie or KIND nut & fruit bar

      · Just Fruit Munchies single-serve packs and fresh fruit, such as a Honeycrisp apple or an easy-to-peel clementine.

      · Donâ??t forget a new toothbrush & toothpaste tied together with a bow.

      Treat Your Teacher:

      Go to the head of the class with a stocking stuffed with unique items any teacher is sure to love:

      · Stash brand teas paired with Madhava flavored agave nectar for sweetness

      · Burtâ??s Bees lotion and lip balm

      · Zumâ??s popular Frankincense and Myrrh-scented soap wrapped in a cellophane gift bag

      · And, of course, a fresh apple.

      Love Your Neighbor:

      As a way to remember your neighbors during the holiday season, simply tie together a package of:

      · Beautiful gourmet pasta

      · Hy-Vee Select classic olive oil

      · A jar of World Classics Tomato Basil pasta sauce

      · Add an invitation to bring the items over to your house for dinner in the New Year & this simple, thoughtful gift encourages both good health and friendship.

      Encouragement for the Young Cook:

      Right-sized, fun tools inspire young cooks to develop life-long cooking skills. A variety of clever, kid-sized kitchen tools can be found in the general merchandise section of your Hy-Vee store. Items such as:

      · Their own set of measuring cups and spoons

      · Eco Smart prep cups & pinch bowls

      · A small whisk stimulate kitchen creativity and ownership of their creations.

      Start by preparing Santaâ??s Favorite Pancakes together and begin a new Christmas morning breakfast tradition:

      Santaâ??s Favorite Pancakes

      Inspire creativity in the kitchen by giving kids right-sized kitchen tools as a stocking-stuffer, then welcome them into the kitchen to help prepare these whole-grain pancakes. For a fun Christmas morning twist arrange the pancakes to look like one of Santaâ??s reindeer, as shown:

      All you need:

      For the pancakes:

      1 cup Hodgson Mill Buckwheat Pancake Mix

      3/4 cup Hy-Vee skim milk

      1 Hy-Vee egg

      1 ½ tbsp Hy-Vee cooking oil

      Hy-Vee non-stick cooking spray

      To assemble Santaâ??s Favorite Pancakes, youâ??ll also need:

      2 slices cooked bacon, per pancake

      2 chocolate chips, per pancake

      1 fresh raspberry, per pancake

      Hy-Vee whipped cream

      All you do:

      1. Prepare pancakes by placing pancake mix into mixing bowl; add milk and egg. Stir in vegetable oil. Mix until just blended. Let stand for 5 minutes.

      2. Preheat griddle or large skillet to 360 degrees. Grease lightly with Hy-Vee cooking spray. Griddle is ready when small drops of water sizzle and disappear almost immediately.

      3. Pour ¼ cup batter for each pancake onto the hot griddle, adding 2 separate spoonfuls of additional batter to form â??reindeer ears.â?? Cook 1 to 1-½ minutes and flip when edges appear cooked and bubbles form throughout the pancake. Cook additional 1 to 1-½ minutes on opposite side.

      4. Pour 1/8 cup onto griddle to form smaller pancake for reindeer face. Repeat cooking instructions of step 3.

      5. To assemble â??Santaâ??s Favoriteâ?? reindeer face-shaped pancake:

      1. Place 1 smaller pancake on top of larger pancake

      2. Arrange bacon to look like antlers, raspberry for a red nose and two small dollops of whipped cream, each topped with a chocolate chip, for eyes.

      Makes approx. 6 pancakes.